Kundalini FAQ

written by Kurt Keutzer <keutzer@synopsys.com>



Version 2.0, January 1996
Copyright Kurt Keutzer, 1996 (keutzer@synopsys.com)

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Table of Contents

What is kundalini?

What is the difference between prana and kundalini?  What is the difference between qi (or chi) and kundalini?

If kundalini is universal why do some kundalini yogins seem to have more kundalini-energy than others?

What does kundalini have to do with spiritual enlightenment?  What is the goal of kundalini yoga?

Does everyone agree that kundalini awakening is necessary for enlightenment?

Can I just use kundalini yoga simply to improve my health?

Is there any scientific basis for kundalini and the cakras?  Do I really have to believe that all these cakras physically exist?

Is Chinese qi gong a kind of kundalini yoga?

What about Tibetan Buddhism - has kundalini been known in Tibet?

Are there any other traditions that show awareness of kundalini?

So how do I awaken kundalini?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using effort to awaken kundalini?

What are the signs of an awakened kundalini?

Are these methods of awakening kundalini dangerous?  What about Gopi Krishna's books?

But even if kundalini is dangerous, isn't is a faster way to enlightenment?

There have been many scandals among kundalini yoga teachers - particularly sexual scandals.  Is there a correlation between sexual scandals and kundalini yoga practice?

If my kundalini is awakened will I need to change my lifestyle?  Do I need to be celibate?

Where can I learn more?